University Heights

Welcome to the neighbourhood of University Heights! This page provides updates on issues I am working on and information University Heights residents may be interested in. While we don’t have a formal organized neighbourhood association in University Heights, this is an established community where neighbhours know neighbhours and are very involved in community!

May 11th – City Hall Open House for Waverley West

May 11th – City Hall Open House for Waverley West

This is an invitation exclusively for residents who live in the Waverley West ward! Bring your family and join neighbours, friends and Councillor Janice Lukes for a tour of City Hall! Learn what City services are available to you, and how to ‘get action’ on important...

My April, 2019 Newsletter

My April, 2019 Newsletter

I’ve just prepared a comprehensive E-newsletter, highlighting interesting topics and current issues at City Hall, as well as upcoming meetings and events in the Waverley West Ward. It's your opportunity to stay informed on what's happening! Read April, 2019 Newsletter...

Update On New Housing On Pembina, University Crescent And Snow Street

Update On New Housing On Pembina, University Crescent And Snow Street

A new crane has landed on Pembina Highway – not a bird - but a majestic conglomeration of steel that is being used to construct the new student housing complex at the site of the former Dairy Queen (2525 Pembina Highway). I’ve prepared an update that highlights ALL ...

Eight Community Garden Plots Available By Margaret Grant Pool

Eight Community Garden Plots Available By Margaret Grant Pool

Eight garden plots are available this year to rent!  Of the 20 plots, 12 have been booked by returning gardeners and eight will be available to be rented starting at 9:00 am on April 8 by calling 204-832-5865 ($48.30). Plots measure approx. 21 ½ ft x 26 ft = 559 ft2....

Multifaith Council, Police Board To Talk Safety

Multifaith Council, Police Board To Talk Safety

(Photo Credit: Sou/wester) (Christine Baronins, member of the Manitoba Multifaith Council, and Shauna Curtin, secretary for the Winnipeg Police Board) This is going to be a very informative event, there is ample space at this beautiful church. Please feel welcome to...

Host A Block Party This Year!

Host A Block Party This Year!

I’m providing funding and administrative support to anyone who wants to hold a BLOCK PARTY this year! I think most people will agree that there are advantages to knowing your neighbours. What if you're baking and run short on sugar? Where will you turn to borrow a cup...

Sump Pumps, Wet Yards & Manitoba Native Plants

Sump Pumps, Wet Yards & Manitoba Native Plants

Our yards will be well soaked this year with all the snow we’ve had over winter!! Once the spring rains start, your sump pump will be working around the clock removing water from around your home’s foundation and basement. Often during these times, the sump pump is...

Symbolic Budget Vote For Councillor Equality

Symbolic Budget Vote For Councillor Equality

City Council passed the 2019 Operating and Capital Budget on March 20th. Two thirds of Council did not support the budget. I did not vote to support the budget but instead cast a symbolic vote against the budget to raise awareness on the critical need for ‘Councillor...

BUS ROUTES ARE CHANGING In Southwest Winnipeg

BUS ROUTES ARE CHANGING In Southwest Winnipeg

SEE DETAILED MAP of the routes, noting they are PROPOSED – your feedback is important! SEE Story Boards of Route Changes (including very detailed overview of southern routes) Bus Routes are Changing Winnipeg Transit will be changing existing bus routes  in southwest...

Councillor Wants To Form Working Group To Increase Community Gym Use

Councillor Wants To Form Working Group To Increase Community Gym Use

(Photo credit: Eva Wasney, Canstar)  Pleased to be moving forward in the formation of a working group with Pembina Trails School Division and the City of Winnipeg to enable more affordable and frequent weekend access of school gymnasiums. I made a presentation to the...

Statement On 2019 City Of Winnipeg Budget Process

Statement On 2019 City Of Winnipeg Budget Process

Today Councillor Klein and I called a press conference with media to express our concerns with the City of Winnipeg’s 2019 Budget Process. You can read my statement below – and read Councillor Klein’s statement.  I must say, it is virtually impossible to ensure an...

Upcoming Residential Street Plow – Know Your Zone

Upcoming Residential Street Plow – Know Your Zone

Plowing of residential streets will begin Sunday evening to improve the condition of residential streets. As a result, a Residential Parking Ban has been declared and will be in effect starting Sunday, February 10 at 7 p.m. Residents are urged to confirm their snow...

Waverley West Crime Prevention Workshops

Waverley West Crime Prevention Workshops

DOWNLOAD CRIME PREVENTION POSTER HERE Members of the Winnipeg Police Service will present and answer any questions you may have. South Winnipeg has one of the lowest crime volumes in the City of Winnipeg, and by taking a personal responsibility, we can work to ensure...

Do You Need Indoor Space For Recreation Activities?

Do You Need Indoor Space For Recreation Activities?

(Photo Credit: MLA Jon Reyes) Keeping kids busy,  kids of any age – is a critical part of overall crime prevention. South Winnipeg has the greatest recreation deficit (no recreation facilities) in the entire City and while there is very good progress occurring on the...

Waverley West Ward Priorities

Waverley West Ward Priorities

This is a high level list Waverley West ward concerns, issues & resident priorities resulting from four years of community engagement, discussions, and recent election conversations. There may be more, and if so, let’s discuss.  There are many initiatives one can...

2019 Budget – City & Waverley West Priorities Presentation

2019 Budget – City & Waverley West Priorities Presentation

On January 9th, 2019 I held a budget presentation with approximately 20 community residents / leaders. Councillor Gillingham (Chair of Finance) and Councillor Markus Chambers (Acting Deputy Mayor) also attended. We discussed Waverley West ward priorities that had...

2018 Fire Incidents In Waverley West

2018 Fire Incidents In Waverley West

I’m in constant discussion with Chief Lane on the development of a Fire Hall in the Waverley West ward. I provided a Fire Hall in Waverley West UPDATE this past May, and hope to see some movement reflected in the upcoming 2019 budget. Currently there is no line item...

City Of Winnipeg ’Community Safety Strategic Action Plan’

City Of Winnipeg ’Community Safety Strategic Action Plan’

Crime and crime prevention is weighing heavily on citizens. Regularly I receive calls from residents concerned about crime in their neighbourhood. I heard many concerns when I was door knocking during the recent election. For the Waverley West ward,  I’ve set up a...

What Kind Of Crimes Are Occurring In Waverley West?

What Kind Of Crimes Are Occurring In Waverley West?

I have confirmed with our West District Inspector that these two websites are kept current and updated. Primarily the crime we are experiencing in South Winnipeg are: Stolen vehicles Break-ins of houses and garages But know that there are other crimes occurring, just...

YOUR Role In Reporting Crime

YOUR Role In Reporting Crime

(Photo source: CTV News Winnipeg) YOU can assist in keeping crime rates low by REPORTING any SUSPICIOUS ACTIVITY  or CRIME. If you don’t report – the Winnipeg Police may assume everything is just fine – when it isn’t. The Winnipeg Police Service have now expanded and...

Update On South Winnipeg Recreation Campus

Update On South Winnipeg Recreation Campus

This is a very active file and I will provide you with a brief update.  Many significant steps have occurred to prepare the land, secure servicing, funding and planning of the complex. BUT there are also many many ‘moving parts’ that still have to be confirmed. If you...

My January, 2019 Newsletter

My January, 2019 Newsletter

I’ve just prepared a comprehensive E-newsletter, highlighting interesting topics and current issues at City Hall, as well as upcoming meetings and events in the Waverley West Ward. It's your opportunity to stay informed on what's happening! Read January, 2019...

Update: Snow/Ice Removal on Sidewalks and Pathways

Update: Snow/Ice Removal on Sidewalks and Pathways

UPDATE: This has been a long drawn out process, here is the latest update (Dec 2019) As per my motion in March 2016 (Item #24) to improve snow and ice removal on sidewalks and pathways  - a report was finally produced almost two years later - in May 2018 (Item # 7)...

Community Crime Prevention Activities

Community Crime Prevention Activities

Crime Prevention Workshops Attend one of two Crime Prevention Workshops I’m holding. I’ve held them in the past and they are a wealth of information. We will also be discussing Neighbourhood Watch and other crime preventative measures. February 13th, 7:00 pm: South...

Residential Street Plow – Know Your Zone

Residential Street Plow – Know Your Zone

Plowing of residential streets will begin Wednesday morning to improve the condition of residential streets. As a result, a Residential Parking Ban has been declared and will be in effect starting Wednesday, January 9 at 7 a.m. Residents are urged to confirm their...

2019 Plans For Our Parks

2019 Plans For Our Parks

I recently met with the Parks department for our annual review of the parks, playground and greenspaces in the Waverley West ward, and to set plan for upcoming park improvements. IF there are improvements to parks that you don’t see listed here but would like to...

Boundaries Of The Waverley West Ward

Boundaries Of The Waverley West Ward

Winnipeg is growing at a rapid pace, and every 10 years or so, the City conducts a review of the ward boundaries to ensure fair and equitable representation for residents. Boundaries changed for many wards, some wards were combined and some were split. There are still...

Rooming House Sale Making Waves

Rooming House Sale Making Waves

(Photo Credit: Ruth Bonneville / Winnipeg Free Press) Thanks to Carol Sanders and the Winnipeg Free Press for covering this important issue on our community Revenue potential of former rooming house removed from listing Winnipeg Free Press      By: Carol Sanders     ...

Upcoming Feedermain Work – Waverley West & Waverley Heights

Upcoming Feedermain Work – Waverley West & Waverley Heights

Water and Waste staff will be working on two feeder mains overnight on Friday, October 26.  This work has the potential to cause discoloured water for customers in the south Winnipeg area (St.Vital, Fort Garry, Linden Woods, Waverley West, Waverley Heights, and near...

Sky’s The Limit For U Of M Housing

Sky’s The Limit For U Of M Housing

Thank you to Ryan Thorpe and the Winnipeg Free Press for always providing such good coverage to the illegal rooming house issue. Much appreciated by all. Sky's the limit for U of M housing Construction begins for 16-storey complex within walking distance of Fort Garry...

Acclaimed in Waverley West

Acclaimed in Waverley West

Photo credit: Wayne Glowacki - Winnipeg Free Press Thank you to all the residents of the new Waverley West ward for their support over the past four years. We worked hard, reached some great accomplishments, and have exciting developments on the horizon! A very warm...

Leading-Edge Fitness Facility Coming To Bridgwater

Leading-Edge Fitness Facility Coming To Bridgwater

Without a doubt this is one of the most exciting projects I’ve been working on this year! its been almost impossible to keep the details ‘under wraps’ because this is such an exciting project! But now, I can share details about the new Altea Fitness Facility! I know...

Transit Transformation In Southwest Winnipeg

Transit Transformation In Southwest Winnipeg

I’d like to thank the Sou’Wester for printing this article in their August 20th edition Transit transformation in southwest Winnipeg By: Janice Lukes - South Winnipeg-St. Norbert City Councillor Ward Report                      Posted: 08/20/2018 3:00 PM   By...

Update: Recreation Campus In South Winnipeg

Update: Recreation Campus In South Winnipeg

The site of the new recreation campus is currently a big open field. No roads, no water, no sewer, no lights, no drainage – just a big field of prairie grasses!  While it is a rare gift to be able to plan a new recreation campus on an open field with few space...

St Norbert Bypass On South Perimeter – Information Sessions

St Norbert Bypass On South Perimeter – Information Sessions

This is the latest News Release from the Government of Manitoba's website. I encourage you to attend one of these open houses for a chance to provide your input.  I will be at the St Norbert Community Centre (2340 Pembina Hwy) info session the entire time on Thursday,...

Clarifying Who Mows City Boulevards

Clarifying Who Mows City Boulevards

(Original post date June 8, 2018) In new developments, homeowners can find it confusing to understand who is responsible for mowing the grass on boulevards. Grass should NOT BE HIGHER than 6 inches. A boulevard is the public space between the homeowners house and the...

Traffic Calming Options For Residential Streets

Traffic Calming Options For Residential Streets

We receive many calls on how to slow speeding vehicles down on residential streets. This blog will provide you with an insight to the issue and options. The City’s street system is set up as follows: Residential streets (Priority 3) feed traffic onto Collector...

Street Parking Update – University Heights

Street Parking Update – University Heights

SEE Flyer delivered to residents June 28th   I have confirmed with the Winnipeg Parking Authority (July 27th, 2018) that the Winnipeg Parking Authority will be removing the time restricted parking at the end of University Crescent between Pasadena and Grierson....

U of M’s Vibrant Vision For Southwood Unveiled

U of M’s Vibrant Vision For Southwood Unveiled

The University of Manitoba is having more discussions about the development of the Southwood lands. Recently they announced a Board of Directors to oversee development.  The Winnipeg Free Press is covering a luncheon where the University is discussing a vibrant vision...

Applications For New Apartment Complex Approved

Applications For New Apartment Complex Approved

I want to thank all the residents who came out and spoke at the public hearing. Through these discussions and concerns about long term plans for University Heights,  I’ve made a motion requesting the Public Service to undertake a planning study to investigate the...

My June, 2018 Newsletter

My June, 2018 Newsletter

I’ve just prepared a comprehensive E-newsletter, highlighting interesting topics and current issues at City Hall, as well as upcoming meetings and events in the South Winnipeg-St. Norbert ward. It's your opportunity to stay informed on what's happening! Read June,...

Fire Hall In Waverley West

Fire Hall In Waverley West

Fire Hall in Waverley West – Standards of Response Coverage Report In September, 2016 the City awarded a $186,000 contract to consulting firm Emergency Services International to produce a ‘Standards of Response Coverage’ report (SORC). Emergency Services International...

YOUR INPUT on the Development Application Notification Process

YOUR INPUT on the Development Application Notification Process

The City is looking at ways to improve public NOTIFICATION of land development so processes are as open and transparent as possible. Often, small yellow signs are posted indicating there is a development application. Sometimes depending on the side of lot or...

June 13th OPEN HOUSE – YOUR Recreation and Park Priorities

June 13th OPEN HOUSE – YOUR Recreation and Park Priorities

In Southwest Winnipeg, we know there is a recreation deficit and lack of maintenance for our parks and greenspaces due to rapid growth, and a lack of proper planning for new developments. The City of Winnipeg needs to hear from you! I ENCOURAGE you to attend the June...

UPDATE – Safety Improvements on South Perimeter Highway

UPDATE – Safety Improvements on South Perimeter Highway

(Photo credit: Joe Bryksa - Winnipeg Free Press) See Display Boards presented at the Open Houses Proposed Closures / Changes to the South Perimeter Highway If you have questions or concerns, please contact: Brett Wareham, Director of Regional Operations Eastern...

South Winnipeg St Norbert Ward Is Splitting In Two

South Winnipeg St Norbert Ward Is Splitting In Two

Thank you to the Sou’wester for covering this very significant change in South Winnipeg. It’s been a challenging four years handling the population growth and trying to respond to and represent citizens in the South Winnipeg –St. Norbert ward. It will be bitter sweet...

Councillor’s May 2018 Update On Illegal Rooming House File

Councillor’s May 2018 Update On Illegal Rooming House File

On May 15th,  I attended the Ft. Richmond University Heights Neighbhourhood Association’s third Annual General Meeting (AGM). The Association formed with a vision of being a vibrant, safe and diverse neighbourhood where people take pride in their property, and work...

City of Winnipeg Studying Regulatory Licensing Requirements

City of Winnipeg Studying Regulatory Licensing Requirements

MAY 2018 UPDATE - REPORT NOW RELEASED: May 7, 2018 the Review of Rental Rooms in Single Family Dwellings was released to the public following a year’s worth of study by the Public Service. This is a very detailed report that reviews the challenges and opportunities of...

My April, 2018 Newsletter

My April, 2018 Newsletter

I’ve just prepared a comprehensive E-newsletter, highlighting interesting topics and current issues at City Hall, as well as upcoming meetings and events in the South Winnipeg-St. Norbert ward. It's your opportunity to stay informed on what's happening! Read April,...

AGM: Fort Richmond University Heights Neighbourhood Association

AGM: Fort Richmond University Heights Neighbourhood Association

Please join myself, area residents and guests for the 3rd Ft Richmond University Heights Neighbourhood Association Annual General Meeting! DATE: Tuesday, May 15th TIME: 7:00 – 9:00 pm LOCATION: Richmond Kings Community Centre, 666 Silverstone Ave. Refreshments will be...

Local Community Bike Repair Kiosk Now OPEN!

Local Community Bike Repair Kiosk Now OPEN!

The brand new public access community bike repair kiosk is now open!! I’m very pleased to have provided City of Winnipeg funding support to the U of M Cycle Bike Kiosk ! This brand new bike repair kiosk is located on the grounds of the University of Manitoba behind...

Improving Transit in South Winnipeg

Improving Transit in South Winnipeg

By spring of 2020,  the Southwest Transitway is projected to be completed and in operation!  For the next year and a half, Transit’s route planners will be reviewing CHANGES to existing transit routes in South Winnipeg. Shorter routes will ‘feed into’ the corridor,...

Student Housing Complex Approved

Student Housing Complex Approved

A few years of work to make this student housing project a reality at 2525 Pembina Hwy across from University of Manitoba! Very pleased to be working with the team at Campus Suites to bring this complex to life!   The is a high level artistic image of what will...

Expanding Efforts to Combat Rooming Houses in South Winnipeg

Expanding Efforts to Combat Rooming Houses in South Winnipeg

For the past 3.5 years I’ve worked with community members and focused much of my time on understanding and combatting illegal rooming houses in the communities of Ft Richmond and University Heights. These two communities ‘sandwich’ the University of Manitoba. One...

My March, 2018 Newsletter

My March, 2018 Newsletter

I’ve just prepared a comprehensive E-newsletter, highlighting interesting topics and current issues at City Hall, as well as upcoming meetings and events in the South Winnipeg-St. Norbert ward. It's your opportunity to stay informed on what's happening! Read March,...

Preparing for a New Recreation Campus

Preparing for a New Recreation Campus

The site of the new recreation campus is currently a big open field. No roads, no water, no sewer, no lights, no drainage – just a big field of prairie grasses!  While it is a rare gift to be able to plan a new recreation campus on an open field with few space...

New Report – Tracking Illegal Rooming Houses & Enforcement

New Report – Tracking Illegal Rooming Houses & Enforcement

The community and I have worked with multiple departments in the City to reduce the number of issues related to the existence of illegal rooming houses. Residents and I believe we are seeing positive changes, but we need data to support this belief and the initiatives...

A Fix to Rooming-House Problem Near U of M

A Fix to Rooming-House Problem Near U of M

Here is an overview of another potential development on Pembina Highway. I encourage you to read this comprehensive overview. Thank you to the Winnipeg Free Press for covering this important project:   A fix to rooming-house problem near U of M Winnipeg Free...

2018 Road Construction in South Winnipeg- St Norbert Ward

2018 Road Construction in South Winnipeg- St Norbert Ward

Evaluating Winnipeg’s Streets for Repair Work Our City streets are evaluated by the Winnipeg Public Works Department using a street rating system as follows: New, Good, Fair and Poor: Typically, anything rated as Poor is automatically scheduled as a rehabilitation or...

Expropriation of Land Moving Forward for Recreation Campus

Expropriation of Land Moving Forward for Recreation Campus

It is important to understand, the City is able to secure additional land to expand the site. Qualico is an excellent 'city building partner' and extensive negotiations are occurring on a regular basis to ensure this site will be built to meet the communities growing...

Dividing South Winnipeg-St. Norbert into 2 New Wards

Dividing South Winnipeg-St. Norbert into 2 New Wards

The South Winnipeg–St. Norbert ward is essentially being divided into two wards due to tremendous population growth. Many of you know I’ve been struggling to keep up with e-mails and phone call responses to all constituents since being elected in 2014. Dividing the...

My December, 2017 Newsletter

My December, 2017 Newsletter

I’ve just prepared a comprehensive E-newsletter, highlighting interesting topics and current issues at City Hall, as well as upcoming meetings and events in the South Winnipeg-St. Norbert ward. It's your opportunity to stay informed on what's happening! Read December,...

UPDATE – Bishop Grandin Walk-Bike Bridge over Pembina Highway

UPDATE – Bishop Grandin Walk-Bike Bridge over Pembina Highway

CITY OF WINNIPEG - NOVEMBER, 2017 UPDATE:  The next phase of the project is detailed design. While the project is currently not funded, we anticipate it will be aligned with the rehabilitation of Pembina Highway Overpass of Bishop Grandin. which is currently planned...

New Bike Repair Hub at University of Manitoba

New Bike Repair Hub at University of Manitoba

I was very pleased to provide support recently for this new initiative at the University of Manitoba.  This project, which has been a few years in the making, will be of great benefit to students, faculty and the surrounding community. My thanks to the Sou'Wester for...

Gardening Opportunities in King’s Park

Gardening Opportunities in King’s Park

Do you like gardening and have a few hours to spare?  Pembina Active Living (55+) is currently seeking volunteers to assist with maintaining the waterfall and beautiful Hosta gardens at King's Park. Pembina Active Living (55+) is a non-profit, seniors serving...

News Coverage: Rental Housing Near University of Manitoba

News Coverage: Rental Housing Near University of Manitoba

Thank you to our local media for covering a challenging and complex issue which we are experiencing in the Fort Richmond and University Heights areas, as well as other neighbouroods in the South Winnipeg-St. Norbert Ward.  I encourage you to  review this informative...

Stadium Event Zone Parking Permit Program

Stadium Event Zone Parking Permit Program

In order to ensure the best experience for not only fans attending events at Investors Group Field, but also the residents in the community, a comprehensive Event Day Transportation and Parking Plan has been developed by the Winnipeg Football Club, the University of...

King’s Park Upgrades – June 17 Community Meeting

King’s Park Upgrades – June 17 Community Meeting

King’s Park is a regional park in South Winnipeg.  As a regional park, it serves a greater area than a neighbourhood park. Like many other regional parks (St. Vital Park and Crescent Drive Park), funding is becoming available for upgrades. Last winter, the City...

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Upcoming Events

  1. Proposed Development In Waverley West Area B – Open House

    April 24 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
  2. Sri Lankan New Years Celebration 2019

    April 27 @ 5:30 pm - April 28 @ 12:00 am
  3. Women’s Only Swim – Margaret Grant Pool

    April 27 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
  4. Bangladeshi New Year Celebration

    April 28 @ 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
  5. Wednesday Paddle Kick-off & BBQ 2019

    May 1 @ 5:30 pm - 9:30 pm

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City Councillor
Waverley West Ward
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